Reader Mike J is in need of our help, well more specifically he needs the help of the BF Community! You see, he purchased this old race car, or what’s left of it, but he isn’t exactly sure what it is, who built it or who raced it. The previous owner told him it was a Porsche 356 powered Formula Libre car, but he didn’t offer much else to go off of. Formula Libre was a bit of an anything goes class of racing, so identifying one can be a bit of a challenge.
The tube chassis is definitely well designed and built, but I don’t see to many ways of identifying it, as I doubt there are any identification numbers on it, but perhaps the overall sophistication and design can be helpful. The one part I see that might be the most helpful is the nose, it’s extremely unique. It definitely looks late ’50s or early ’60s to me, which would lineup with the Porsche 356 powertrain.
Mike shared with me what info he was able to get out of the previous owner and it might be of some help. From Mike – I bought it from a Porsche guy who never got around to restoring it. He bought it less the 356 Super 90 engine (body position of engine (mid) and existing side air vents are a give away) and then sold the Porsche trans, which was late 1950’s vintage.
He is closing his office and looking for the lineage. I do not know who built it, but he says it had design input from the Porsche factory through Porsche Northeast. He says he has pictures of the car on the paddock at Old Thompson or Lime Rock Park. The sophistication of the front suspension geometry and care taken to provide grease fittings on all the moving parts leads me to think someone of above average engineering knowledge had some serious time into the design. Even after 50+ years of sitting all the suspension is free! This is all I know and perhaps if someone saw it, could possibly identify it?
So what do you guys think? Does anyone remember seeing this car zipping around Old Thompson or Lime Rock in the early ’60s? If so, Mike would really love to hear from you! Even if you didn’t see it racing, but happen to know more about it, please share in the comments section below. Special thanks to Mike for sharing his find with us and I hope you guys can give him some much needed information about it! I also hope he will keep us posted with his progress as he brings this racer back to life.
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